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PIP can provide support to those who need help with some of the extra costs associated with long term physical or mental health conditions or disabilities. To make a claim for PIP, people will need to call the DWP by telephone or textphone or make a claim through the post.
Following an initial claim, people will enter an assessment period where they will need to fill in specific forms and be assessed by an independent health professional.
During this period, there may be a number of actions claimants can undertake to better their chances.
Citizens Advice details there are a number of questions a claimant should ask their health professional.
The charity detailed: “When you contact the health professional, tell them that you’re making a claim for PIP and ask them to provide a letter explaining how your condition affects you.
Citizens Advice offers guidance on PIP assessments (Image: GETTY/PA IMAGES)
“It’s important to do this because PIP is based on how your condition affects you and not the condition itself or the medication you take.
“The DWP will look at how your condition limits your ability to do 12 tasks.
“If you want, you can ask the health professional to concentrate their comments on the tasks you need help with because of your condition and that you think are more important to your claim.”
The 12 tasks a claimant is assessed on are as follows:
- Preparing a cooked meal
- Eating and drinking
- Managing your treatments
- Washing and bathing
- Managing toilet needs or incontinence
- Dressing and undressing
- Communicating verbally
- Reading and understanding written information
- Mixing with others
- Making decisions about money
- Planning and following journeys
- Moving around
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Citizens Advice went on to explain there are a number of professionals a person could receive evidence from.
These includes a physiotherapist, social worker, counsellor or GP.
Where a claim progresses, the charity also advised keeping a PIP diary.
As it continued: “If your condition fluctuates (you have good and bad days) it can be helpful to keep a diary.
PIP can help with certain conditions (Image: EXPRESS)
“A diary is a handy way to record your bad days and how they affected you.
“You could use a diary as evidence as well as use it to help you fill in your PIP claim form.
“To help you, you can use our template diary. You can also ask someone to help you write it.”
Citizens Advice warned, however, that claimants should not delay returning their PIP claim form or attending an assessment because they are waiting on supporting evidence.
The DWP can always be told further evidence will be coming at a later date.
Eligible claimants of PIP will get a payment which could be made up of two elements, a daily living and mobility part.
Daily living payments will pay either £60 or £89.60 per week.
The mobility part will pay out either £23.70 or £62.55 a week.